Mathematicians Of The Day

3rd March

On this day in 1702, Robert Simson entered the University of Glasgow as a student, being 14 years old at the time. He distinguished himself in classics, oriental languages and botany. He spent eight years as a student and the year afterwards he was appointed professor of mathematics.

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Quotation of the day

From William Clifford
We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.
Common Sense in the Exact Sciences